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Major Hurricane Matthew – Massive Damage Potential
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Major Hurricane Matthew – Massive Damage Potential

Hurricane Matthew has been moving slowly in the Caribbean this past week, after strengthening rapidly over the weekend. In fact, the storm grew in strength from a mere category 1 hurricane to a ferocious category 5 with wind speeds of 160mph in a period of less than 24 hours.…

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Becoming a Spotter

For those unsure of what a weather spotter/storm spotter does, they are like storm chasers but do not actively hunt down severe storms but rather report any severe weather which occurs in their location to the appropriate weather information centre. For South Africa this would be the South African Weather Service, the SAWS does urge residents to report back severe weather events such as damaging winds, hail, tornadoes, floods etc.…

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How Hail is Formed

The process of how hail is formed is not an unusual one. The easiest way to think of it, is to think of the sky as a vertical gradient which gets colder as you ascend (though this is not always the case if there is an inversion), but let us assume for this example that the air gets colder the higher you go.…

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Cut-off Low Brings Weather Chaos Across Country

As discussed last week, a cut-off low developed over the country on the weekend and with it, has thus far brought fascinating and in some cases chaotic weather conditions with it to many parts of the country. By Sunday snowfall was already seen across much of the Drakensberg, setting the stage for further more intense snowfall overnight and into Monday the 25th, with the cut-off low developing from the upper trough.…

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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016
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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016

Numerous model runs have indicated the likely formation of a cutoff-low (COL) over the south-eastern parts of the country between Sun 24th and Tues 26th. All indications are that this system will produce heavy rainfall (> 100mm) in places, and extremely heavy snow (more than a meter) over the Drakensberg and surrounding peaks.…

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Satellite view of snow over Western Cape 2 Jul 2016
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Satellite view of snow over Western Cape 2 Jul 2016

This Morning’s Terra Modis satellite overpass (10.55am on Sat 2nd) gives an excellent view of the snow over the entire Western Cape (and surrounding areas). Falls were very heavy at higher elevations (above 1500m), but very light lower down. The number of mountain ranges with snow cover are too numerous to mention, but include (from N to S, then W to E): Cederberge (Citrusdal), Winterhoek (Tulbagh) and Gydo (Ceres), Brandwacht and Hex River (Worcester) and Matroosberg, Bains Kloof and Du Toits Peak (Paarl), Hottentots Holland and Wemmershoek (Franschhoek), Riviersonderend Mts (Robertson) and Langeberge (Swellendam), Klein and Groot Swartberge (Oudtshoorn), further inland is the Sutherland Plateau.…

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Snow charts 1-2 Jul 2016
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Snow charts 1-2 Jul 2016

This chart from http://www.snow-forecast.com shows the expected 3-day coverage during the passage of the cold-front period between 2am on Fri 1st to 8am on Sat 2nd. Precipitation will vary by location, from heavy (5-10cm+)  in the SW&S-Cape, to much lighter  (1-5cm) inland in the N-Cape, and eventually over parts of KZN.…

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